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Chile, China and Morocco to receive recognition for achieving outstanding progress in fighting hunger

  Chile, China and Morocco are the latest in a growing list of countries to make great strides in combating undernourishment, such as the early achievement of the Millennium Development Goal 1 (MDG-1) – to halve the proportion of hungry people by 2015 – or the more stringent 1996 World Food Summit (WFS) target of halving the absolute number of …

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Chinese embassy in S Africa holds press release about national year

“The year of South Africa in China has grandly opened in Beijing,” Wei Xin, spokesperson of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in South Africa said on Wednesday in a press release in Pretoria. “This is a significant event in the friendly exchanges between China and South Africa and a vivid reflection of the exchanges and mutual learning …

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Brazil approves GM mosquito that could cut dengue

By Rodrigo de Oliveira Andrade – SciDev.Net Brazilian authorities have decided that a genetically modified (GM) strain of mosquitoes whose offspring die before reaching adulthood do not pose a significant risk to humans or the environment. The decision will open up the possibility of the company that developed the insects selling them in Brazil as a control strategy for dengue …

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China premier arrives in Africa eyeing better ties

China’s prime minister arrived Sunday in Ethiopia for a four-country tour of Africa, calling for deeper ties with his country and seeking to recast a relationship that has admittedly faced difficulties. Li Keqiang, who before leaving China acknowledged “growing pains” in China-Africa ties, met with Ethiopian Premier Hailemariam Desalegn and signed a number of trade agreements. “China and Africa’s destiny …

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Africa benefits from China’s growth: AU

Africa has benefited from the economic growth China has registered, Erastus Mwencha, Deputy Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission, said on Thursday. Speaking to Chinese journalists in Addis Ababa, Mwencha lauded China’s role in Africa’s economic growth registered over the past decade. “Africans have benefited from China’s growth, especially from the strong demand for Africa’s products,” said the deputy …

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Focus on Disability: Great design has universal appeal

By Sue Coe – SciDev.Net A new watch — the Bradley Timepiece — designed for blind people has been nominated for a Design of the Year award at the Design Museum, United Kingdom. According to a BBC report, demand for the watch from sighted people has exceeded demand from blind people because of its attractive design and functionality. Its designer …

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China’s Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Ming Visits Madagascar

From February 27 to March 2, 2014, Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Ming paid a visit to Madagascar. He met with President Hery Rajaonarimampianina of Madagascar and held talks with Acting Minister for Foreign Affairs Victor Manantsoa. Zhang Ming congratulated Hery Rajaonarimampianina on his assumption of office as the new President of Madagascar and Madagascar’s completion of political transition process. He …

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Consider disability at the outset, tech designers told

By Joshua Howgego – SciDev.Net Designing technological products that can be used by everyone, regardless of whether or not they have any disability, would be a win-win situation, a meeting has heard. “To think that you can apply some kind of magic pixie dust and make a technology accessible to disabled people after it’s been designed is just crazy,” Vint …

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International Education ministers head to London for Education World Forum

More than 80 International Education Ministers will gather in London next week for the UK-led Education World Forum. The forum, which runs from 19-22 January 2014, is the internationally recognised ministerial forum for sharing and debating policy developments in education, and the 2014 event brings together ministers representing the majority of the world’s population. The event will be an opportunity …

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Madiba memorial: A send-off like no other

Presidents – past and present – global leaders, royals and A-list celebrities have started to arrive at FNB Stadium to pay their last respects at an unprecedented gathering that will hail one of humanity’s great peacemakers. At least 91 Heads of State and Government will put aside world politics for four hours and unite as they recall, reflect, honour and bid farewell …

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